Q & A

Senate Passes FY19 HUD Funding Bill

August 14, 2018    

The Senate recently passed its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Transportation-HUD spending bill with a 92-6 vote. The $154.2 billion package combined four separate spending bills for FY19, appropriating funding for the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD),...

HUD Sends AFFH Streamlining Pre-Rule to OMB

August 14, 2018    

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is a legal requirement that federal agencies and federal grantees further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act. Currently, as provided in the rule, AFFH means:

Smoking Ban in Public Housing in Effect

August 14, 2018    

Public housing agencies (PHAs) were required to implement smoke-free policies by July 31. The no-smoking policy applies to all public housing units, interior areas (including but not limited to hallways, rental and administrative offices, community centers, day care centers, laundry centers, and...

PHA Agrees to Upgrade Public Housing for the Disabled

August 14, 2018    

HUD recently approved a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) between the Hawaii Disability Rights Center and the Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA). The HPHA has agreed to upgrade living units to meet accessibility standards, resolving a federal investigation that unearthed hundreds of...

Study Examines Work Requirements’ Impact on Residents’ Well-Being

August 14, 2018    

Cityscape, a journal of policy development and research, recently published “Work Requirements and Well-Being in Public Housing.” The study examined how implementation of a work requirement paired with supportive services by Charlotte Housing Authority has impacted residents...

Hearing Officer Didn't Abuse Discretion in Terminating Resident's Voucher

August 14, 2018    

Facts: In May 2014, a Section 8 resident and her three children moved into an apartment. In March 2016, after one child turned 18, he moved out of the apartment. In April 2017, the child repeatedly parked the resident’s car in other tenants’ parking spaces. The...

Unresponsive Resident Didn't File Proper Objections

August 14, 2018    

Facts: The lease of a HUD-subsidized resident states that each year he must recertify that he’s...

PHA Didn't Comply with Conflict-of-Interest Requirements

August 14, 2018    

HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited the financial operations of the Pell City Housing Authority. The PHA administers 78 low-rent public housing units in Pell City, Ala. Its mission is to provide decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing and related services to the...

PHA Didn't Adhere to Unit Inspection Requirements

August 14, 2018    

HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The audit objective was to determine whether the PHA administered its program units in accordance with HUD’s and its own requirements...

House Passes HCV Mobility Demonstration Act

July 19, 2018    

The House of Representatives recently passed the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018. It aims to help more Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) households move to communities of their choice, such as communities with high-performing schools, safe neighborhoods, and jobs. The...

HUD Releases Housing Counseling NOFA for FY 2018

July 19, 2018    

HUD recently issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for its Housing Counseling Grant program for fiscal year (FY) 2018. All HUD-approved counseling entities, including state HFAs, are eligible to apply.

HUD expects to award $47 million in housing counseling grants to around 300...

Secretary Carson Discusses Reforms at Book Distribution Event

July 19, 2018    

HUD Secretary Ben Carson was recently in Sarasota, Fla., to join the Sarasota Housing Authority and local police for their annual book distribution event. HUD partners with local housing authorities, the National Book Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Urban Libraries Council, and...